27th May, 2019

MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers: 80s Coventry icon Paul King's unique suits for auction

Editorial Correspondent 19th Oct, 2018 Updated: 19th Nov, 2018

LOVELY to get emails from Coventry icons out of the blue, but last week Paul King, front man of Coventry 80s band King, contacted me to say he wanted the music museum to have his entire private collection of King and solo albums he had kept since those days.

They include rare test pressings and acetates, Japanese 12inch singles, demo albums and he has kindly signed them all. on top of that, he has also donated his amazing flamboyant suits. All are one-offs and featured in various videos and on record covers.

Some the museum are keeping. They including the first test pressing of the ‘Love and Pride’ single (a number one hit), the famous green Dolphin Lovers suit as seen in the Love and Pride video, and the red suit as worn on the cover of ‘Steps In Time’ LP. But many more are up for grabs.

So Saturday october 27 will be King Day, where we will be auctioning and selling many items for the upkeep of the museum.

The auction will be at 1pm, and admission fees will apply.

our Special Sounding off guest of honour will be King drummer John Hewitt, the man who played the drums on Love and Pride. I will be asking him about his music career from 1pm.

It was also good to see King in the top ten Album Day votes at the museum, The top ten of Coventry albums as voted by visitors looked like this:

1. The Specials -The Specials (4) 1979

2. We’ll Live and Die – The Enemy (1) 2007

3. Lovely – The Primitives (6) 1988

4. Too Much Pressure – The Selecter (5) 1980

5. Steps In Time – King (6) 1985

6. Breaking Glass – Hazel o’Connor (5) 1980

7. The Specials – More Specials (5) 1980

8. Virgins and Philistines – Colourfield (12) 1985

9. The Specials Singles – The Specials (10) 1991

10. The Fun Boy Three – The Fun Boy Three

(7) 1982

Look out for a triple-header presented by Catch 22 Promotions showcasing three of the most talented upcoming bands that Coventry has to offer.

Luna Kiss describe themselves as a band that dares to dream and refuses to be limited by expectation.

Their live shows are guaranteed to include drama, energy and creativity and the contrasting dynamics of their music makes them a fascinating band to watch.

Also on the bill is award winning Spanish rock band Agoraphobia who are visiting the UK for the first time, hot on the heels of their acclaimed debut LP ‘Incoming Noise’. By all accounts they put on a superb live show.

If that wasn’t enough, also on the bill are one of the city’s most exciting prospects The Ellipsis.

You may have heard a lot about this band in print, but until you have witnessed them live you just won’t get the measure of this superbly professional unit.

It all takes place at The Tin on Friday November 2 at 7-11pm. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.

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